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"What are you so happy about?"

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Today I was stopped during my 3 mile easy recovery run (first day I'm "allowed" to run again after the half marathon I did on Sunday) by a woman walking her dog. She asked why I was so happy and told me I had a beautiful smile. It was nice to hear, but here is why it's blog-worthy: an hour earlier I'd been turned down for my dream job (which I've sacrificed a lot financially to apply for in the past few months).

Yup. Just turned down for a great job, out a bunch of money. SMILING. A big, happy, spontaneous, out for a run on a sunny, not humid day, smile.

So why was I smiling?

Because I have direction rather than uncertainty again. Because as I was waiting forever to hear about the dream job, I was also noticing the things I would miss about my current job and life. My current life gives me times for runs during the day, hours with great clients, nice colleagues, a spacious office, a good boss, the ability to take vacation when I want, and little paperwork or administrative stuff that I'm not crazy about anyway. It's 5 minutes from home. I can wear what I want.

Because I am a glass half full kind of person. Because I have lots of goals and dreams to pursue, including 3 or 4 half marathons in the next several months. Because I chose to deal with my frustration by going for a run rather than eating a pint of Hagen Daas. Because the world is full of pretty streams to run by, nice dogs to pat, birds to watch, music to listen to, and people to love. Because I am still feeling darn good about myself from the half marathon I completed Sunday in more time than it takes "serious runners" to complete a full. Because, hey, I've got some great new clothes I bought for the interviews.

Yup, didn't get the dream job, and life is GOOD.

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  • no profile photo CD2801676
    Things always happen for a reason. Well written blog. Thanks for sharing.
    3199 days ago
    ok, I could get to the job thing -- but I'm still in awe of the half-marathon!!! emoticon It's important to keep that attitude up -- the job may be dream but you may have been saved some unexpected politics!! I didn't get work for 6 months after grad school and when I got hired, I realized it was a good thing. I wouldn't have been happy in any of the available options.

    The right fit is coming!
    3218 days ago
    Awesome attitude!
    3221 days ago
    Awesome blog Beth... I am so happy for you!!!
    3222 days ago
    Beth, While I am sorry you were not afforded the opportunity for the new job, you were blessed with recognizing the beauty in what you already have! Thanks for the reminder!
    3222 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6842331
    As it has been said, sometimes G-d's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers -
    3222 days ago
  • CINDYKC2000
    Awesome attitude Beth. Sometimes we think we know what we want, but in the end our lives are meant to go in a different direction. emoticon
    3222 days ago
  • KOBER9999
    Great blog! Love it!
    *Smiling* :)
    3222 days ago
    It sounds like you are in an awesome place. I am sure there are more blessings to come. Nice close is a good bonus, however, the ability to spend time with the lovely Katie and DH. Glad you have a good life anyway.

    Following the dream of a marathon is great even if you time was slow. Being fastest is not always the point.
    3222 days ago
  • MACMOM57
    Oh Beth so sorry about the job but I just love the blog. You took something that could have really thrown you for a loop and made it good. I admire you for that. I see the good in things too. I like to be happy and see others happy too. Many blessings to you like Patty said God has other plans for you.
    3222 days ago
    What am awesome blog Beth. I am so happy your are living your dream :) It is nice to be reminded sometimes what we already have. Keep on running girl!
    3222 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6232784
    You're an inspiration to the rest of us....Thanks for making me smile and appreciate the things I have been blessed to have in my life.
    3222 days ago
    What can I say? Patty nailed it. Great blog. You are already living your dream job. You're a great person, excellent mother, I'm sure you're an awesome wife, and a terrific friend. I love your attitude, and it teaches us all a valuable lesson. When something in your life kicks you down, jump back up, kick it back, and walk on whistling a happy tune. By the way, you are one amazing lady.
    3222 days ago
  • EPARKS4232
    Thanks, Patty, that really is what I figure!
    3222 days ago
  • PATTYS74
    You are in an awesome place in your life Beth. I am so happy for you. Some things in life are just way more important than a dream job. Number 1 on that list is a dream life ..time to spend with Katie and the ability to have time for yourself and your dh. Keep smiling God had other plans for you.
    3222 days ago
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